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Thermo Fisher Scientific Makes Earth Day More Sustainable

Happy Earth Day! Proposed by peace activist John McConnel at a UNESCO conference in 1960 and founded on April 22, 1970, by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day demonstrates support for environmental...

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The Enviromenta-LIST: The Current State of PFAS in Europe

This listicle lays out the current state of the PFAS crisis in Europe and the measures being taken to address the issue of these forever compounds in our environment. Per- and polyfluorinated substanc...

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Going Underground for World Water Day 2022

The 2022 theme of World Water Day (March 22) is Groundwater - making the invisible, visible. Why is this important? It is estimated there is over a thousand times more water in the ground than on the ...

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A Look at the 2021 Scientific Nobel Prize Laureates

Growing up, my Mom used to say I would win a Nobel Prize one day. I did not fully grasp the worldly accomplishment nor the impact of such a prize until I started working toward my doctorate in bioinor...

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Volatile Organic Compounds Are All Around Us

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (sVOCs) are all around us, emitted by industrial chimneys and vehicle exhaust pipes, as well as materials such as paints, cleaning...

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Curiosity is Driving Technology and Vice Versa

Curiosity is the primary driver of science. But developing natural curiosity into scientific thinking and motivation to uncover the endless wonders of nature is a difficult task. The Information Techn...

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The TriPlus 500 HS Family Grows

It was Pittcon 2019 when the Thermo Scientific™ TriPlus 500 Headspace Autosampler was introduced to the market of volatiles organic compounds (VOC) sampling for GC and GC-MS. Thermo Scientific TriPlus...

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A Closer Look into Microplastics

Courtesy of IS-X.Why is plastic — having a lifespan of several hundred years or more — widely used for disposable tools and containers? This is a paradoxical question that is hard to answer, but it pr...

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And Then There Was Light …

This week, I had to carry out a task I rarely need to do these days. One of the lamps in the ceiling light blew when I was preparing the coffee maker for its daily service. While searching unsuccessfu...

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How Liquid Chromatography Benefits the Planet

PSA: Climate change is real!Melting glaciers and the extinction of polar bears. Dead coral reefs and acidification of the ocean. Increased droughts and raging wildfires. A warming ocean and stronger h...

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An ICP-MS Expedition Through the Elements – Part 4

Hello once again to those of you who joined my previous ICP-MS expeditions through Group 1, Group 2 and Groups 3 and 4 of the Periodic Table, and welcome to those of you who have only just joined me o...

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There something in the water…

The average person consumes approximately 58 gallons of water every year. It is essential that we have regulations in place to ensure that our water is safe to drink. Volatile organic compounds, or VO...

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Sequence or Sample? The (Petro)chemical Paradigm!

Whenever you think about a chromatographic analysis it’s easy to think about the sample, including the corresponding injections, like blanks, calibration standards and check standards, combined in one...

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Water, water everywhere? But how much can we drink?

March 22nd 2020 was World Water Day, started by the United Nations and has been held every year since 1993. This is a day to raise awareness of water issues, and this year was focussed on the link to ...

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Beautiful Harmony at the Dioxin Conference 2019

2019 marked a very important year for Japan with the start of the new era called Reiwa on May 1st. The new era coincides with the day on which Emperor Akihito's eldest son, Naruhito, ascended the thro...

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How to Make Your ICP-OES Analysis More Robust

Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) has been around since the early 1960s, when Stanley Greenfield’s group at the laboratories of Albright and Wilson Ltd, Birmingham, UK...

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Snow Dragon Tastes the Polar Air

It’s slightly disconcerting when you get to that stage in life where a nine-year-old boy seems to know more about what’s going on in the world than you do. Imagine my delight, then, when not only was ...

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